Monday, July 12, 2010

no manches

Where do I begin. ....
  It´s been a while. I apologize for that. We had 2 weeks with no teams, and although you might be thinking that we have been bumming around for 14 days- that is false. The first week i went to sobre el puente with samone, and week 2 was full of activities planned for the little kids. And i learned alot of stuff this week that i never would have thought about.... ie.
1. it´s super scary trying to do a bible lesson with 13 little mexican kids.
-the interns split up and took on some lessons each day and had a craft to go with it. My lesson was about some of the miracles of Jesus (water to wine, feeding 5,000, healing people). we divided the kids and they all put on their own little skits of the miracles. it was super cute and i think they enjoyed 'acting' it out. but it is scary trying to communicate with a bunch of mexican kids... and to do it in a mature and authoritative way.
2. they all love candy and watching movies- so if they dont listen, just threaten to take one of those away.
-after the lessons and games we had movie time with candy. that was fun and a good time-mainly good because it gave us interns a break after about 5 hours of nonstop activities with the little ones. the all really love watching movies, and eating fruity lollipops that are covered in chile powder....
3. I have a heart for doing construcion and really missed it these past weeks.
-i had to watch some of the older ones doing construction while it was our week to be with the younger kids.. and i was a little sad i couldnt help out at that point. but the day finally came TODAY and we had great construction time. The team is here now, and all 26 of them and 2 interns helped clear away sticks, breaking them, putting them in trash bags to be hauled off.. some others were busting part of the wall so that trucks can come in and take away all the rocks and rubble thats crowding the place where the new boys´s dorms are going to be. the work today was exciting, and i was glad to see progress happening. i was also SUPER happy because today i got to use a machette for the first time in a long time! i dont thin i had used one since Peru 3 or 4 years ago. But today i had a ball busting up sticks and logs. i have some nice new blisters that are forming over the old blisters from last year.
4. i like telling people what to do :)
- kinda a joke. more like... i like leading people-when i know what im doing (which isnt a lot). But i do enjoy helping out the teams, getting them situated, learning names, explaining things to the leaders.. its all very fun. Im thankful for the team here now, and i know casa hogar and the kids are as well. I think the main thing us interns will be telling this team to do is to slow down. They all all mostly in high school.. full of energy.. always running an playing soccer.- and the kids love them. But please pray that they all stay healthy and safe and strong throughout the whole week. They cant go dying on us on day 2.

But i have been learning a lot. mainly about how i need to rest. I tell the teams and the other interns to take a break, a siesta, to go rest. yet I rarely do. So i need to continue fighting against my urge to do everything, to be everywhere, to not miss anything,-.. and i need to rest in the fact that  the Lord is going to use me where I am and i dont need to worry so much. It´s a daily fight though.. to make myself slow down and not feel guilty when i dont do something or dont go somewhere. I have also been rediscovering that God loves me individually and personally. seeing and knowing that love is the only thing that enables me to love other people. So please pray that just as Christ loves me, i am now free to love others.


Linda said...

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you are well and happy. How cool that you feel /are comfortable enough to tell stories and do lessons with the kids. Your Spanish is going to be amazing when you come back. ( It already was!). We are so proud of you and hope that YOU are RESTING when you need to. DO IT !!!! I love you and promise to stop bossing you ...when pigs fly ! :) Love you , Mom

Linda said...

BTW ...what does "no manches" mean ?

Linda said...

BTWWWW.... I asked that last question at 8:23...for some reason it showed 5:23. I promise I am not up that early :)

Love you !

Elizabeth Jean said...

Beka May!!!!!

I want to send you a long long email or letter or something. What is the best way to get in touch with you? I just sat here and read all your blog entries in one sitting :-) I've been praying for you since you have been gone and I miss you so much, but I am so incredibly proud of what you are doing. I love you cousin!


Becky said...

"i like telling people what to do :)
- kinda a joke."

FALSE! Beka may takes orders from nobody. beka may GIVES orders! bahaha. miss you. love you!